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Weekly Features

Africa must monetise economically unmineable coal

     21st October 2016 New coal mines will have to be developed in South Africa together with State-owned power utility Eskom, as existing mines exhaust reserves, while petrochemicals giant Sasol and new independent power produces (IPPs) must expand alternative production. This is according to South African mining and... 

KSB Pumps and Valves

     21st October 2016 Headquartered on the East Rand, KSB Pumps and Valves in an original-equipment manufacturer of technologically advanced pumps, valves and related products for sectors including water, sewerage, chemicals, petrochemicals, steel, mining, energy and building services. Since 1959, the company has... 

KSB Pumps and Valves

Mining business units continue strong performance

     21st October 2016 Profit from South African petrochemicals giant Sasol’s mining operations increased by 9% to R4.7-billion, “mainly as a result of a continued strong and sustainable cost performance, as well as stable mining operations delivery,” Sasol CFO Paul Victor said on September 12. Speaking in a final... 

Mining business  units continue  strong performance
COSTS CONTAINED Normalised unit costs from Sasol's mining operations have been contained at 5% below inflation for a second consecutive year

CCS can decrease CTL CO2 emissions

By: Bruce Montiea     23rd October 2015 The 30-million tons a year of concentrated carbon dioxide (CO2) released by the South African synthetic fuel industry can effectively be reduced through the carbon capture and storage (CCS) process, says South African National Energy Development Institute cleaner fossil fuel use senior manager... 

CCS can decrease CTL CO2 emissions
Photo by Bloomberg
LIMITING DAMAGE The carbon capture and storage process helps with decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide released through the coal-to-liquids process

CTL included in diversification strategy

     23rd October 2015 The conversion of coal to liquid forms a part of Zimbabwean coal mining and exploration company Hwange Colliery Company’s strategic objective of diversifying its business. The strategy entails growing Hwange Colliery Company’s business through the creation of new lines of business by exploiting... 

CTL included in diversification strategy
EXPANDING Hwange Colliery Company is diversifying its business

SA’s liquid-fuels economy to be sustained for next 40 years

By: Bruce Montiea     23rd October 2015 The coal-to-liquids (CTL) industry is going to be a core part of South Africa’s liquid-fuels economy for the next 40 years, says global management consulting firm AT Kearney principal Martin Sprott. He says the country’s CTL industry is centred on energy and chemicals group Sasol's CTL plant in... 

SA’s liquid-fuels economy to be  sustained for next 40 years
Photo by Sasol
FUEL SOURCE Sasol is at the forefront of liquid fuel production

Botswana mulls CTL sector establishment

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 Botswana is considering the establishment of a coal-to-liquid (CTL) industry to exploit the country’s large coal resources, which would assist in significantly reducing its yearly petroleum import bill and drive the diversification of Botswana’s economy, Botswana Chamber of Mines CEO Charles... 

Botswana mulls CTL  sector establishment
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW SECTOR, NEW OPPORTUNITES The development of a coal-to-liquids sector in Botswana could result in the development of other industries such as explosives

C&N Petroleum Equipment

     24th October 2014 Bulk liquid transfer equipment solutions provider C&N Petroleum Equipment has been servicing the petroleum and chemicals industries since 1992, when the company was founded by owner and MD Yvonne van Schalkwyk, who was recognised at the 2012 Top Women Awards for her outstanding contribution and... 

C&N Petroleum Equipment

CTL’s future depends on South Africa’s energy plays 

By: David Oliveira     24th October 2014 South Africa’s coal-to-liquids (CTL) future will be influenced by the changing energy dynamics regionally and worldwide, particularly in terms of increasing natural gas exploration in south-east Africa, says investment and development advisory firm Africa Practice consultant Sinethemba Zonke.... 

CTL’s future depends on  South Africa’s energy plays
Photo by Duane Daws
COAL RESISTANCE The world’s resistance to using coal as an energy source is the key challenge facing South Africa’s coal-to-liquids sector

Production uncertainty at Impumelelo

By: David Oliveira     24th October 2014 Petrochemicals group Sasol’s mining subsidiary, Sasol Mining, has not yet been forthcoming on whether its new Impumelelo coal mine is providing coal for its coal-to-liquids operations, in Secunda. Impumelelo was scheduled to start production this quarter to replace Sasol Mining’s depleting... 

Production uncertainty  at Impumelelo
BRANDSPRUIT COLLIERY Sasol Mining’s depleting Mpumalanga-based Brandspruit colliery will be replaced by the new Impumelelo mine

Sasol Mining maintains presence at Mining Lekgotla

By: David Oliveira     24th October 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol mining subsidiary Sasol Mining maintained its presence at the Mining Lekgotla this year, which included a speech delivered by Sasol sustainability and business transformation executive director Nolitha Fakude on the role of industrialisation in enhancing... 

Sasol Mining  maintains presence  at Mining Lekgotla
FOSTERING TRUST Sasol Mining believes that trust is the cornerstone of the company’s stakeholder relationships, including with its employees

Inconsistent resource reporting in coal industry

By: Carina Borralho     25th October 2013 Technical and economic assessment group Venmyn Deloitte is finding the reporting of coal resources in the minerals industry, particularly within the South African and Australian mineral industries, inconsistent. Venmyn Deloitte says that some coal companies report on gross tonnes in-situ (GTIS)... 

Sasol Mining’s coal-to-liquids horizon extending to 2050 

By: Martin Creamer     25th October 2013 Sasol has unveiled plans for an initiative known as Project 2050, which is designed to sustain and expand its integrated value chain in South Africa until at least the middle of the century. Coal and coal-to-liquids (CTL) form an integral part of this long-term plan and key to its success is... 

Summit will address coal conversion potential in India

By: Carina Borralho     25th October 2013 The World CTX 2013 Summit, which will be held in Mumbai and Jamnagar in India, from December 2 to 4, will feature a practise-based programme on coal and petroleum coke (petcoke) projects worldwide and in India, feedback from commercial coal operations, technological news, economic assessments and... 

Coal properties critical when determining suitable gasification technology for CTL

By: Chantelle Kotze     26th October 2012 The use of suitable gasification processes to convert different coals from a solid to a liquid is often overlooked and mistakes in the choice of gasifier design have been made in South Africa over the years at considerable cost and loss of efficiency, says Clean Coal Technology chair and Fossil... 

Conversion of coal and petroleum coke the focus at World CTL 2012 Summit

By: Chantelle Kotze     26th October 2012 The World CTL 2012 India Summit, in New Delhi, from December 11 to 13, will highlight India-based coal and petroleum coke (petcoke) conversion to high value fuels and chemicals, World CTL president Serge Périneau tells Mining Weekly. 

ELB to install South Africa’s longest materials handling conveyor at Sasol’s Impumelelo colliery

By: Chantelle Kotze     26th October 2012 Bulk-materials handling solutions provider ELB Engineering Services will undertake construction of the longest materials handling conveyor in South Africa for coal miner Sasol Mining’s Impumelelo Colliery, in Secunda, Mpumalanga.  

Prefeasibility study on Mozambique $9.5bn CTL plant finalised this month

By: Chantelle Kotze     26th October 2012 Mozambique’s Ministry of Energy and joint venture (JV) Clean Carbon Industries (CCI) will complete and submit the second phase of the prefeasibility study (PFS) to government for the development of a 65 000 bl/d coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant in Mozambique’s Tete province this month. 

Agreement signed to develop GTL project

     21st October 2011 Local energy and chemicals group Sasol and its partners Uzbekneftegaz and Petronas, have signed an investment agreement with the Uzbekistan Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investment and Trade, for the development and implementation of a gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Uzbekistan. 

Australian coal giant enters into CTL technical study agreement

     21st October 2011 Global energy and gasification technology company Synthesis Energy Systems (SES) has announced that it has entered into a technical study agreement with Australian coal giant Ambre Energy, to supply a proprietary gasification design, which will support Ambre Energy’s development of a planned... 

Australian energy company refuses to sell interest in CTL project

     21st October 2011 ASX-listed energy company Blackham Resources reports that it has turned down an unsolicited cash offer of $15-million for its 70% interest in the Scaddan Energy coal-to-liquids (CTL) joint venture (JV), in Western Australia (WA). 

CTL process to provide fuel for SA generations to come

By: Sinette Goosen     21st October 2011 The abundance of coal and the nearly perfected coal-to-liquids (CTL) technology, which is used by South African petrochemicals giant Sasol, will ensure that South Africa produces fuels for generations to come, says CTL specialist and trustee of the Fossil Fuel Foundation John Marriott. 

CTL would produce one-third of all fuels by 2050 without green policy

     21st October 2011 The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) reports that a new assessment of the viability of coal-to-liquids (CTL) technology done by researchers from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, found that if climate change policy was not a factor, CTL has the potential... 

NWU coal research group flourishes

By: Sinette Goosen     21st October 2011 The North-West University (NWU) reports that the number of postgraduate students participating in its coal research group has increased significantly since 2009, with more than 35 postgraduate students undertaking research projects in various coal-related study fields, such as gasification,... 

Zinc alloy couplers successfully tested at coal operation

By: Natalie Greve     21st October 2011 Local mining manufacturing firm Proof Engineering’s zinc alloy couplers have been successfully field tested at Sasol Mining’s Middelbult colliery, in Mpumalanga, since June last year. 

Carbon sequestration technologies for new CTL plant

     22nd October 2010 Global oil giant Shell and diversified mining company Anglo American, in a joint venture known as Monash Energy, are developing a clean coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant in the Latrobe Valley, in Australia, which will use low-emission and carbon sequestration technologies. 

Lignite gasification 
increases costs of 

By: Schalk Burger     22nd October 2010 Low-grade coals can be gasified to produce synthesis gas (syngas) but gasification contributes about 40% to 50% of the overall costs of a synthetic fuels (synfuels) plant, says Chinese and South African joint venture coal-to-liquids (CTL) company Clean Coal Technology South Africa (CCTSA) chief... 

Mines to supply CTL coal feedstock 

     22nd October 2010 The Thubelisha and Impumelelo coal mines, in Mpumalanga province, will supply petrochemicals giant Sasol’s coal-to-liquids (CTL) operations, in Secunda, and will replace the depleting coal mines used by mining affiliate company Sasol Mining, the company reports. 

Ningxia CTL plant proposal to be considered in last quarter of 2010

     22nd October 2010 Engineering consultancy Chinese International Engineering Consultative Company’s recommendations on the proposed coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant to be built in the Ningxia Hui Autonomus region is expected to go before the Chinese National Energy Administration in the last quarter of 2010, says Sasol... 

Sasol launches ultralow-sulphur diesel fuel

By: Schalk Burger     22nd October 2010 South African fuels and petrochemicals producer Sasol has launched an ultralow-sulphur diesel that eliminates injector fouling in diesel engines and can be used in all new-generation diesel technologies, says Sasol fuels technology manager Paul Morgan. 

Sasol technology to help countries eyeing energy security

     22nd October 2010 Coal gasification and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis have been arousing interest in countries seeking to improve their energy security and, for some, to attain energy self-sufficiency, says petrochemicals giant Sasol’s synthetic fuels (synfuels) arm Sasol Synfuels International (SSI). 

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